Devon to be location of new automotive venue for the Southwest
On the 18th August Re:Fuel, a new and unique venue for automotive enthusiasts in the Southwest, was launched in the Devon countryside.
Re:Fuel was the brainchild of two self-confessed car nuts, Dan Regan & Matt Young, who are well-known faces in the Exeter business community. Dan has lived and worked in Exeter since moving there to study engineering at Exeter University in 2002, and has recently left his post as Head of Innovation at a global automotive technology company to pursue his vision of launching Re:Fuel. Matt works with many local and national companies as a social media specialist, but is best known for co-hosting the Gemini FM and then Heart Radio breakfast shows back between 2006-2010.
Their new venue aims to provide a space for like-minded petrolheads to come together, as often as they want, to admire each others’ machines, compare stories of how they came to own them, and pass the time talking about their motoring passions – all whilst enjoying the best fresh food and drink that Devon offers – all from local suppliers.
Re:Fuel is currently based at the beautiful Froginwell Vineyard, on the A3052 Sidmouth road, about 3 miles east of Exeter. The location allows for great access and provides enough exterior space for around 200 vehicles to be visiting them at any one time. Re:Fuel’s first open day in August saw nearly 400 vehicles through their gates over the course of the day.
Currently open just once a month, Matt and Dan are hunting for a new permanent home so that Re:Fuel can be open both Saturday & Sunday, every weekend, throughout the year; offering fellow petrolheads a reason to take their pride and joy out for a drive, and chat with like-minded souls.
Matt Young, one of the founders of Re:Fuel, was blown away by the response of the Southwest’s petrolhead community on launch day:
“We opened the doors at 9am to a small queue, and by 9.30am we had a steady stream of cars arriving, parking up and grabbing a coffee. At our peak, we had nearly 200 cars in the paddock and throughout the day, nearly 400 vehicles came to join us, in what we hope will become the go-to venue for car enthusiasts in the Southwest.”
“The variety of vehicles on display surpassed all our expectations,” said Dan Regan, Re:Fuel co-founder. “We had everything from a 1926 Rolls Royce Phantom 1, the only one left in the UK, right up to modern day supercars like a one-off Mclaren Mercedes signed by Stirling Moss, a Lexus LFA, Lamborghinis, Ferraris – and everything in between. There was a great classic and retro VW turnout too – which I have a particular soft spot for! To see all these enthusiasts with different tastes coming together is exactly why we created Re:Fuel. It’s incredible how many beautiful cars there are hidden away in the Southwest – and their owners are just waiting for a reason to bring them out to play, and for others to appreciate.”
“The number of beautiful cars hidden away in the Southwest was only part of the reason for us choosing Devon, in particular Exeter, as the location for Re:Fuel. The county and city both hold a special place in the hearts of both myself and Matt. Exeter has such a great and close-knit community for a city, and Devon really does have everything: beaches, moorlands, the airport, and a buzzing community of growing businesses – many already global entities. There was no doubt in our minds as to where we wanted Re:Fuel’s home to be”
A date has been set for the next Open Day, which will be the 29th September – again, at Froginwell Vineyard. The doors will be open from 9am right the way through until 5pm (last admission 4.30pm). Admission costs £5 per vehicle that entitles you to a free hot or cold drink of your choice too.
Dan and Matt’s search to purchase a permanent premises for Re:Fuel has already started. Ideally, they’re looking for an old pub in the countryside, within a 20 to 30 minute radius of Exeter. If you know of somewhere for sale that may be suitable, then you can let them know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.